Burning Off High Calorie Foods: Summer Picnics

by in Fitness, May 26, 2012
strawberry shortcake
Before you reach for a second helping of strawberry shortcake, consider that you'd have to play tennis for 45 minutes to work it off.

Gearing up for grilling season? Don’t let too many high-cal favorites keep you from staying trim this summer. Here’s what you should keep in mind at your next picnic.

Crunching the numbers
Everyone burns calories a little differently, the values below are averages based on a 155-pound person.

Mains
1 foot long hot dog = 500 calories = 1 hour of swimming freestyle
1 cheeseburger = 400 calories = 75 minutes of kayaking
5-ounces BBQ ribs = 465 calories = 2 hours 15 minutes of body surfing

Sides
1 cup macaroni salad = 400 calories = 2 hours of fishing
1 cup potato salad = 420 calories = 1 hour of mowing the lawn
1 ear of corn with butter = 200 calories = 1 hour 20 minutes pushing a baby stroller

Desserts
1 slice blueberry pie = 475 calories = 50 minutes of beach volleyball
1 ice cream bar = 250 calories = 1 hour 15 minutes playing catch
1 serving strawberry shortcake = 325 calories = 45 minutes of doubles tennis

Damage Control
No need to call off that family picnic. There are some things you can do.

  •  Watch the servings of alcohol and other high calorie beverages – those calories count too.
  • Pick and choose – check out all the offerings and decide what you really want before you dig in.
  • Spread the love – really want to try both of those desserts? Share! That’s what friends are for.

Tell Us: How do you balance fitness with your favorite summer picnic foods?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

More posts from .

Similar Posts

How to Make Your Own (Deliciously Healthy) Sports Drink

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a dedicated athlete, sometimes you need a sports drink for longer bouts of physical activity — general...

Comments (1,703)

  1. stretch film says:

    great…

    Somebody necessarily help to make critically articles I might state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and so far? I amazed with the research you made to make this actual submit extraordinary. Fantastic job!…

  2. Diet says:

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors not too long ago advised the following website[...]…

  3. friv says:

    Title…

    [...]The information and facts talked about in the article are some of the most beneficial readily available [...]…

  4. The Slave of the Husband…

    Seeking in advance to finding out more from you afterward!……

  5. job search says:

    Title…

    [...]that would be the end of this report. Right here you will uncover some web pages that we assume you’ll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  6. Title…

    [...]we like to honor lots of other world wide web websites on the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  7. Title…

    [...]Every as soon as in a when we choose blogs that we study. Listed below are the most up-to-date web pages that we pick [...]…

  8. Title…

    [...]always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but really don’t get quite a bit of link adore from[...]…

  9. Front Yard Landscaping…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  10. Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated data, nevertheless truly really worth taking a search, whoa did a single learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>